WhatsApp and Hand-Tats: My Brief History with Writing Groups

I gave the following talk as part of the 18th Annual Pacific Authors Celebration on 13 April 2017. It was hosted by the Pacific University Libraries and presented alongside an exhibit in the Forest Grove Library Gallery.

Thank you all for coming today. I want to share some brief words with you about WhatsApp, hand tattoos, and how my writing has been positively affected by collaborating with others. This will be in three parts.

Shakespeare, the Rubber Stamp

Collaboration is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name, “Shakespeare”—the proverbial rubber stamp for “high art” and “literary genius.” I guess that makes me not a very good Shakespearean. My scholarship is interested in the collaborative work of theatre-makers in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England—the period when typecasting was a good thing because it meant that, as an actor, you could hold twenty variations of the same kind of character in your head at a time, and, as a playwright, you specialized in writing kinds of scenes rather than whole plays alone. Based on the evidence of three staged readings in the late 1500s, I really hope this all happened at a bar.

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Back Room Shakespeare Project review out now

Dear readers,

I just wanted to mention very quickly that I have another review out now in the latest issue of Shakespeare Bulletin. It takes a look at last year’s production of Julius Caesar by the Back Room Shakespeare Project (BRSP) on the Ides of March. You’ll need access to Project Muse to read them, or you can order the print journal online:

Julius Caesar (review).” Shakespeare Bulletin 32, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 756-60. Project Muse. Web. doi: 10.1353/shb.2014.0058.

Relatedly, two things. First, you can always find a record of my ongoing research projects and teaching over at my professional website, elizabethetavares.com. Second, this may be but the first of more new projects in affiliation with the BRSP folks. 2015 is already shaping up to be a great year!

Happy reading!

For a gallery of photos from this performance, click here. Below, a few samplings.

Julius Caesar (Victoria Blade), Brutus (Demetrius Troy), and Antony (Matt Mueller) receive the fateful warning from a Soothsayer (Kevin Crowley).